WW Higher Education Media Fellowship

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Application Instructions


Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • • education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social, or public policy issues
  • • interest in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on career and technical education
  • • staff or professional freelance journalist able to work independently while holding regular jobs or commitments
  • • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

If you have questions about your eligibility, please email [email protected].



The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses an online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. Once you’ve created an account, the online application includes basic personal and professional information, a statement of interest, an area to link to three work samples, and prompts to upload and request your supplemental items. If you bookmark the portal, you can log in any time to make changes.

Statement of interest: In 500 words or less, please tell us your interest in pursuing this Fellowship opportunity and why you would be a good candidate.

Three (3) work samples: Please provide links to three work samples published within the past five years. These samples should be your best recent work. Understanding that some content may be behind a paywall, finalist will be asked to upload their work samples to a WW portal. Information for this process will be emailed to finalists.

Required Supplemental Materials

Resumé: This is an important opportunity to showcase your excellence. There is no need to limit your résumé to one page, but we ask you make it no more than two pages.

    • • The resumé should be a .PDF and the title of the file should include your first and last name but not include spaces (i.e. SmithJohnResume.pdf).

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: These letters (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your reporting interests; assess the quality of your journalistic work; explain how the award will benefit your professional development; briefly discuss your reporting qualifications; and assess your commitment to quality coverage of issues facing American education.

    • • At least one letter of recommendation should be from an editor or supervisor and include a statement of support for completing the requirements of this Fellowship. If freelance, the letter with statement of support for the reporting project must be written by an appropriate editor at an independent news outlet.
    • • The other letter may come from anyone in the applicant’s professional network. It may not come from a family member.
    • • You will be prompted to submit contact information for your recommenders through the portal. They will receive an email requesting they upload their letter.
    • • Letters of recommendation must be written on professional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application.

It is strongly recommended that you request letters of recommendation as early as possible. Do not wait until you have submitted your application.

If you need help with the online application portal, email [email protected].



Once you’ve submitted your application, uploaded supplemental materials, and requested your letters of recommendation, you’re all set. You can track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “supplemental items” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation by the deadline.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or application, email [email protected]. Finalists will be notified by late-June.


Changing the name of the Foundation

The Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has voted unanimously to rename the organization and to remove Woodrow Wilson from its name; a new name will be announced by early fall.

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